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January 2006

Staff News

Lynn Okagaki Named NCER Commissioner

Lynn Okagaki, NCER Commissioner
Lynn Okagaki, Education Research Commissioner and former IES Deputy Director for Science and a nationally recognized authority on parenting in minority families, has been appointed to a 6-year term as IES Commissioner for Education Research. Prior to joining the Department in 2002, Okagaki served as associate dean of the School of Consumer and Family Science and professor of Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. She has held appointments at Yale University, Cornell University, and the University of Houston. Her research focuses on academic achievement as affected by culture and family values.

Andrew White Named Deputy Director for Science

Andrew White, Deputy Director for Science
Andrew White, Deputy Director for Science recently joined NCES within the Institute after serving for a number of years as the director of the Committee on National Statistics at the National Academy of Sciences. He also worked for many years with progressively greater responsibilities at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. White holds a master's degree in public health and doctorate in biostatistics from the University of Michigan.

Gerald Malitz, Chief Information Technology Officer

Gerald Malitz, Chief Information Technology OfficerGerald Malitz, Chief Information Technology Officer, a career federal employee, is the author of training videos and books on the use of technology in education. He currently serves as chief technology officer at NCES, where he has spearheaded substantial improvements in the NCES website, designed and implemented intranet applications that enhance the management of critical tasks, and provided a strategic vision for the role of technology in serving the needs of customers and staff. Malitz now will expand his role to the conceptualization, design, and implementation of information technologies across the Institute, including NCES.